Wednesday, November 24, 2010

A whole lot of everything

An active weather day setting up for Thanksgiving eve across Minnesota.  The state will see everything from freezing rain, sleet, to snow.  This is because the snow/rain line will be meandering across the southern half of Minnesota throughout the day on Wednesday, which has made it a challenge to forecast what exactly what will happen and where.  Looking at the SREF P-Type runs, it appears the greatest precip potential will be ice pellets (sleet) for the southern part of the Twin Cities metro to Worthington, MN, and La Crosse, WI. Snow will be the dominate player for the rest of the state with freezing rain near the Minnesota and Iowa border.


Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the purple shaded counties below until midnight.


Snow totals.  For locations that see all snow, I'm forecasting about 3-4 inches of snow (north metro over to Eau Claire, WI) with 8 inches possible up by the north shore.  Areas that see sleet, will have that total reduced substantially, with perhaps in inch or two of snow after the changeover.

Drive safe and give yourself extra time if you need to travel today.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Saturday, November 13, 2010

First snow of 2010

The upper midwest is receiving it’s first major November winter storm in quite some time. It recent years, the snowstorms have held off for another month. This storm developed very quickly and only showed up on the models as early as Wednesday with Thursday being the full blown warning that significant snow was on it’s way. As of 8 AM on Saturday morning, Shakopee has picked up 5 inches, with areas in the south and west metro seeing 4 to 6 inches of snow already. Isolated areas around MSP may pick up 10 inches when it’s all said and done by Sunday morning. If you are traveling today, be careful. Use your headlights and drive cautiously. Snowplows haven’t been out to clean the roads based what I’m seeing on the MNDOT road cameras.


Enjoy the snow!